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Christina Bellantoni

Bio:

Christina Bellantoni is Roll Call's editor-in-chief. She took the position in January 2014 and is in charge of all editorial, print and digital platforms.

Before returning to the newspaper, Bellantoni worked as political editor at the PBS NewsHour, where she directed coverage of the White House, Congress, political campaigns and the Supreme Court. While managing the political unit and the election-year Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant, Bellantoni also served as an on-air political analyst. 

Prior to working in television, Bellantoni was associate politics editor for Roll Call from October 2010 until January 2012. She has been writing about politics in Washington since fall 2003. Before coming to Roll Call for the first time, Bellantoni was a senior reporter-blogger in Talking Points Memo’s D.C. bureau, covering the White House and national politics. 

She worked from 2003 to 2008 at The Washington Times, writing the paper's most-trafficked blog. During her time there, Bellantoni was a White House correspondent after covering the 2008 presidential campaign and Congress, and she came up through the paper's Metro desk covering Virginia state politics.

Bellantoni began her journalism career in 1998 writing about technology and business in her home state of California. She is the winner of two national journalism awards for her 2001 scoop about the sale of the San Jose Sharks.

She served as a fall 2011 fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School, leading a group of undergraduate students for a semester of discussions about partisan media.

She serves on the board of the Washington Press Club Foundation, which aims to advance women and minorities in newsrooms, and plays on the Bad News Babes, the media team in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

She regularly guest hosts the "Kojo Nnamdi Show" on WAMU 88.5 FM.

Bellantoni also is a contributing editor for More Magazine, and authored the December 2011 “Running (For President) in Heels” and the May 2011 “The Great Awakening of the Mommy Patriots.”

She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Ralph Hall Hospitalized After Car Accident in Texas

Oct. 4, 2014

Updated, 7:13 p.m. | Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall was hospitalized Saturday following a car accident but is expected to make “a full recovery,” according to his office.

The Roll Call Fab 50: An Evolution Begins

Sept. 23, 2014

Fab·u·lous (adjective): extraordinary, especially extraordinarily large. amazingly good; wonderful.

Roll Call's #50Richest Project, Explained (Video)

Sept. 9, 2014

There was a moment recently when I worried I had gone a little crazy. It was somewhere between realizing I’d skipped a page of Rep. Peter Welch’s assets and posting a photo of my cat Nephron laying on Sen. Tim Kaine’s financial disclosure forms on Instagram with the hashtag #catsof50Richest.

50 Richest Members of Congress: Why We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call reporters and editors explain why the newsroom undertakes the 50 Richest Members of Congress list each year. The project takes weeks and isn't easy — and it can even be agonizing — but they detail why 50 Richest is critically important to understanding Congress.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

The 10 'Poorest' Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 "poorest" members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

The 10 Richest Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 richest members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

50 Richest Members of Congress: How We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

CQ Roll Call's Jay Hunter describes the methodology for the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

Hagan Criticizes Obama Ahead of North Carolina Visit

Aug. 22, 2014

Updated 6:38 p.m. | Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t sound thrilled President Barack Obama is coming to town.

Gowdy Hires Top Lawyer for Benghazi Committee

Aug. 22, 2014

After an extended period of quiet, the special committee for investigating the attacks in Benghazi may be readying for action.

Republicans Honor Cantor's Tenure (Video)

July 29, 2014

The House Republican Conference paid tribute to outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday morning with a video showcasing the Virginia Republican’s legislative career.

Could Congressional Sports Fix Washington? It's a Start

June 30, 2014

In the sixth inning of the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Republican Vance McAllister stepped up to the plate, snagging one of Democrat Cedric L. Richmond’s pitches and launching a grounder between second and third base.

White House: Boehner Lawsuit Uses Taxpayer Money Against Obama for 'Doing His Job' (Updated)

June 25, 2014

Updated 2:49 p.m. | What does the White House think about Speaker John A. Boehner’s plans to sue President Barack Obama? Not much.

Gabby Giffords Throwing the First Pitch at Congressional Women's Softball Game

June 18, 2014

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game Wednesday night.

Becerra Suggests 'Common Ground' With Labrador

June 16, 2014

The No. 4 House Democrat sounds like he’s got a preference for which lawmaker House Republicans choose Thursday to be majority leader.

Softball, Sunshine and Sisters: Why I Play

June 16, 2014

About 75 minutes into the morning, I took a softball to my left shin.

Cantor Loss 'Was a 10 on the Stun Scale'

June 11, 2014

“I’m giving a speech. I have no time for jokes,” Steve Israel told Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward when she emailed to say there were signs something was happening in Virginia’s 7th District.

Cantor Loss 'Was a 10 on the Stun Scale'

June 11, 2014

“I’m giving a speech. I have no time for jokes,” Steve Israel told Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward when she emailed to suggest there were signs something was happening in Virginia’s 7th District.

Mame Reiley: Loyal to the End, Celebrated With Champagne

June 11, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — “Her passion was contagious and energizing.”

Stunner: Cantor Upset Changes Everything

June 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in a Republican primary Tuesday, conceding his Virginia seat to a local activist after a stunning loss with possibly dramatic consequences for leadership, the chances of any immigration overhaul passing Congress and the future of his party.

Chris McDaniel Mississippi Voters Finding ... Kentucky

June 2, 2014

He’s a young, conservative, Republican state senator from the South named Chris McDaniel.

I Went to Rand Paul’s Liberty School, and All I Got Was a Free Cup of Coffee

May 20, 2014

“You Owe It to Yourself to Learn How to Win,” Sen. Rand Paul told me in an email on Tax Day.

CQ Roll Call Moderates Debate on Keystone XL

May 7, 2014

CQ Roll Call is excited to offer the first installment of a new video series, "Opinion Duel," created by The Purple Network. Roll Call has partnered with National Review and The Nation to bring you in-depth discussions of top political issues with more discussion than a short cable news segment. Representing the left, right, and center, each Opinion Duel program will feature an intelligent debate on key legislative issues between The Nation on the left, National Review on the right, and CQ Roll Call editors playing the important role of moderator.

In this first installment of the Opinion Duel, Roll Call's Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni moderated a discussion with Charles C. W. Cooke, from National Review and The Nation's Zoë Carpenter. Carpenter and Cooke discussed the interests surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline and whether President Obama has been active on the climate change agenda.

Unemployment Extension Hearing Scrapped Thanks to Meeting Room Spat

May 6, 2014

Updated, 1:25 p.m. | A planned Democratic hearing on an unemployment benefits extension was quickly transformed into a news conference Tuesday, with Democrats blaming Republicans for the stalled legislation and a spat erupting over meeting space.

Which Members of Congress Attended White House Correspondents Association Dinner?

May 5, 2014

The White House Correspondents Association Dinner is a chance to see and be seen, and an evening when Washington’s elite can rub elbows with Hollywood elites. Members of Congress also frequently attend as guests of the media outlets.

A New Day: 6 Questions With CQ's David Ellis

April 28, 2014

A few days ago, Vice President of News David Ellis gathered every person in our newsroom.

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